When I obtained my first Border Terrier in 1975, we lived in Aberdeenshire in Scotland
and choke chains and shouted commands were all the rage at the training classes. I had
to admit I used that method of training for many years. However it was in 2004, after
we had moved to Cambridgeshire, that I was looking for new training classes for one of
my puppies and saw an advert for clicker training in my vets surgery. I enrolled a
young dog puppy in the class which was run by a young German lady, and this was my
introduction to clicker training. I was most taken with it, and two of my puppies were
so trained. The classes continued until the instructor had to return to Germany. In
2006 with a new puppy I had to look around for a new instructor. Searching clicker
training website, I found a national site which listed Wendy King's name, and she was
the nearest to my home. It proved to be a good choice and since then Wendy has trained
six of my Border Terrier puppies.
What do I like about the classes? First of all the size, all the ones I have attended
there have been about eight puppies. This helps in socialising the puppies, but
without being overwhelming. It also means Wendy has time to talk to the owners of the
puppies, see what each puppy is getting up to, and give advise accordingly. The
classes are just the right length in duration so that the puppies do not get bored.
Second, at the end of each lesson Wendy hands out homework sheets so that the owners
can practice with their puppies before the following week's class. I consider this very
important, as puppies need continual training, I don't think it does much good just to
come along to the class, and forget about everything until the next class.
I have never seen Wendy fazed by, or get angry with any owner or their dog. This is
quite an achievement. The classes run smoothly, and everyone seems happy.
All in all it has been a positive experience, and I am personally grateful to Wendy
in the training of my puppies.
30th April 2009